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October 31, 2011 10:10 AM   Subscribe

does anyone remember this kid’s show “I think Candle Cove ran for only a couple months in ’71, not ’72. I was 12 and I watched it a few times with my brother. It was channel 58, whatever station that was. My mom would let me switch to it after the news. Let me see what I remember.”
posted by kipmanley (20 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

And the original Candle Cove forum.

modernserf, I was trying to not think of that. *shudder*
posted by jess at 10:16 AM on October 31, 2011 [2 favorites]

Thanks to the mods for undeleting this.

This gave me shivers--very appropriate for Halloween! Reminded me a bit of Kelly Link's "Magic for Beginners." And honestly, I think that every time I remember some half-forgotten TV show and go to look it up on the internet, this kind of exchange is pretty much what I'm afraid of happening.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 10:30 AM on October 31, 2011

I'm a huge fan of creepypasta and urban legends like this, especially the ones grounded in reality. Unknown Armies is a game built in this sort of world and its simply delightful.
posted by modernserf at 10:40 AM on October 31, 2011

I didn't know it was Kris Straub who came up with the whole thing.
posted by edheil at 10:47 AM on October 31, 2011

Dammit, I thought this was going to be real. There WAS a TV show I used to watch that took place in a cove, although it was probably in the late 70s or maybe early 80s. I had to have been a Sid and Marty Krofft thing, but I don't remember anything else about it. Maybe Sigmund and the Sea Monsters? Clips I've found don't look quite right.
posted by DU at 10:54 AM on October 31, 2011

I think I like "Candle Cove" most of all because its...well...creepypasta done well....there are so many lousy/stupid stories out there that the few which are genuinely done well really stand out.
posted by Captain_Science at 10:57 AM on October 31, 2011

Like I said here, this is reminiscent of Howard Waldrop's "Mr. Goober's Show."
posted by Zed at 10:59 AM on October 31, 2011 [1 favorite]

The specificity and little details of the thing totally had me thinking it was a real show. Someone should make this.
posted by Hoopo at 11:31 AM on October 31, 2011

Reminds me of the now venerable Evil Muppets Story.
posted by smoothvirus at 11:47 AM on October 31, 2011 [1 favorite]

I didn't realize until now that blending childhood TV nostalgia with horror is a thing. Very psychologically potent and creepy stuff!
posted by treepour at 12:46 PM on October 31, 2011

I used to have this awful memory, a bad dream I had where the opening jingle ended, the show faded in from black, and all the characters were there, but the camera was just cutting to each of their faces, and they were just screaming, and the puppets and marionettes were flailing spastically, and just all screaming, screaming. The girl was just moaning and crying like she had been through hours of this. I woke up many times from that nightmare. I used to wet the bed when I had it.

This is pretty great.
posted by eyeballkid at 12:50 PM on October 31, 2011

Agreeing with treepour.
Is this type of story closely bound to a couple of generations? TV after the cable revolution isn't going to create the same expectations for children , and especially after VCRs and Netflix and Youtube.
posted by doctornemo at 1:25 PM on October 31, 2011 [1 favorite]

Someone should make this.

Someone did. (Not static.)
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 1:42 PM on October 31, 2011 [1 favorite]

This reminds me of that infamous AskMe a few years ago where some guy kept asking for advice on getting rid of the imaginary friends he had that followed him into adulthood.
posted by benzenedream at 3:45 PM on October 31, 2011 [1 favorite]

At first, I thought "that's really not that creepy" but then it stuck with me for the rest of the day and kind of fermented in my memory and became so much creepier. That was interesting and absolutely unexpected.

Any work of horror can do cheap shocks and gore (and I don't like those things anyway). But few works stick with me and get scarier as time passes. That's pretty masterful.
posted by darksong at 4:53 PM on October 31, 2011 [1 favorite]

What are you all talking about? It's just three panels of static.
posted by pfh at 7:56 PM on October 31, 2011

pfh, assuming you're not being tongue-in-cheek (impossible to tell given the context), read the story beneath the comic, or read the original posting of the story that jess linked to.

Fwiw, I didn't see the story underneath the comic either, and it was jess's link that clued me in.
posted by treepour at 8:35 PM on October 31, 2011

I remember this show, they recently re-aired the pilot after the famous "Dead Bart" Simpsons episode
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 11:53 AM on November 1, 2011

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